1. What sort of preconceptions does the poet refer to in the context of the poem ‘Mirror’?
1) The mirror has no opinion or ideas that are formed beforehand but it takes in things as they are.
2. The woman in the poem is searching for something in the depths of the mirror, What is it?
2) She is desperately looking out for her lost beauty and youth.
3. Can we call the poem “Mirror” confessional? If so how?
3) The poem is confessional in that it talks of an ageing woman who finds it difficult to come to terms with her fading beauty. The poet composed the poem after the prime of her youth when she realizes the transitory nature of youth
4. How has the mirror been able to maintain its truthful nature day by day?
4) It reflects what it sees without bias or prejudice.
5. What lesson does the mirror teach us through this poem?
5) Transience of life
6. Why is the mirror not cruel and only truthful?
6) It is free of any bias.
7. The woman in the poem is searching for something in the depths of the mirror. What is it?
7) The beauty that she has lost
8. “Vanity thy name is woman”. How does the poem “Mirror “highlight this?
8) The moon and candle hides her age, she turns to them.When the mirror reflects the truth she does not accept it. She greets her fading beauty with agitation of her hands
9. “The Mirror” represents the vanity of a woman and her refusal to accept unpleasant reality of her fading beauty. Comment
10. Socrates said, ‘truth is disturbing’. Analyse the statement with respect to the poem ‘Mirror’
1. ‘Mirror’ reflects the inner turmoil of Sylvia Plath. Comment.
2. The reader is positioned to see the mirror as an unsympathetic observer. Justify.
3. Everyone uses a mirror. Based on your own experience and the reading of the poem, describe its qualities.
4. Mirror represents truth and truth is disturbing. Explain.
5. Comment on the symbolic significance of the comparison of the woman with a terrible fish in the poem ‘Mirror’.
6. Mirror is man’s best friend in youth and the worst enemy in oldage. Comment with reference to the poem ‘Mirror’.
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